I Don't Need These City Streets

Honey Cake! Also known as my new favourite item of clothing - how could I not love it? It's a  ridiculous breakfast dress! I can put pancake ingredients on my body!

Angelic Pretty Honey Cake JSK - Peacockalorum underskirt - vintage blouse - handmade beret - shoes 'borrowed' off mum about four years ago
I wanted to wear the print more casually for a meet and I wanted to pair it with red because I think it really makes the print pop. Enter this blouse, which I bought in Summer 2015 and has since been hanging in my wardrobe waiting for the right occasion - this one! I'm also very pleased with how the gold underskirt matches with the print, and with the tiny red ribbons on my plaits - I feel like this was an excellent outfit for what's become an iconic print!

Not members of the Midlands lolita community, but still kinda cool.
We visited the Custard Factory again. It's a little bit of a walk out of Birmingham City Centre, but it's definitely worth it! I like that the space is constantly evolving with different installations and new shops, and that there's a wide variety of events being held. This was a chocolate themed event for Roald Dahl's 100th Birthday, which meant that there was lots of chocolate for sale...and I followed that up with all-you-can-eat sushi at Kyoto and the full back shirring of Honey Cake was very useful indeed!

Honey Cake is such a fun print to wear, it brightens up my day when I see it in my wardrobe! It also fits really well with the retro influence I try to bring in to a lot of my styling choices - I think next time I'd like a bright red lip to really make this pop.

I think it's quite a versatile print as well, at least in terms of what I can pair with it in my wardrobe. I could go simply sweet with a Peter Pan collared white blouse, or retro and polkadotty like I did this time, or bring out the brown to make a more mature outfit (as mature as pancakes can get!). I'm really pleased at all the options I have to wear with it already!

Not Honey Cake related but I wanted to show these off! I've been feeling really creative lately, and funnelled that into making some brooches. The middle bird with the fancy bow is my favourite, so I'm keeping him! I think the rest will (hopefully) be sold at our local Maker's Market. I'm feeling a lot more content lately, and I hope this means I keep getting struck with inspiration and make some more things!

Last Night’s Clothes & Tomorrow’s Dreams {Wicked and Whimsy}

My enduring memory of Wicked and Whimsy will be taking home a basket full of leftover scones.

Gazing lovingly at my secret scones
No, really! Turns out the generous provision for the afternoon tea was just too many scones to eat, even with seasoned lolitas trying their best to get through the tiers of cake and sandwiches...and turns out that taking a basket in place of a bag makes you the best-equipped person in the room to take home the leftover scones from the table.

I was really pleased with my tea party outfit, I think it was very whimsical. I decided to pull out the red roses of the print because that was very different to my previous co-ordinates with this JSK, and as my planning went on I went for a flower fairy theme - like I was part of Queen Mab's court. I did have a last minute panic that the flower crown was Too Much, but the Midlands comm reassured me that it wasn't - and that even if it was, wasn't Wicked and Whimsy the perfect time to be #teamtoomuch anyway?!

My outfit was made up of Lily of the Valley Designs Forest of the Unicorn JSK - Innocent World boots and socks - Peacockalorum bolero and underskirt - Fantastic Grim necklace - garlands "made" by me. I say "made" because mostly I just wrapped them where I wanted them and used some wire to secure - not really a complex project!

I wasn't so pleased with my makeup - I wanted to look fresh-faced, so went for a more minimal look, but it didn't show up very well in photos due to the shadow of the crown and I feel like it looks like I'm not wearing any even though I have lots on! It doesn't matter though - I was too busy having a fantastic time with some of my favourite people.

I feel like the Sunday evennts are better for relaxing and chatting - I love Saturday, and meeting people who I've only met online before - but the tea party is at a very relaxed pace without rushing to see events, and it's nice to take the time to talk and eat lots of fantastic food.

The food was excellent and Tea Party Club always do an amazing job of catering for any dietary requirements without giving what feels like a poor substitution. There was excellent vegan cake, which was very appreciated - especially when compared to to some places that just give fruit! However, it was very difficult to get tea - I think the waiters were overworked with too many teas to get around too many people - but that's not a fault of the organisers who were doing an excellent job and were giving advice on how to deal with the situation. I also appreciated a chance to look over RoseMarie Seoir and Enchantic Enchantilly's goods again, although I decided to save to make a big RoseMarie Seoir haul with a comm friend in the future.

However - best thing of the entire event was probably the venue. This venue had been used before for Frock On...which I didn't attend and was very jealous about, especially because I'd been told about the opulent bathrooms and how great they were.

They are very opulent bathrooms. They are very great. They come equipped with a chaise lounge for when the event has all become too much and you're overwhelmed by all the wonderful outfits and you just need a lie down! Sadly the chaise lounge wouldn't fit in my basket and therefore could not be taken home...

I'm really looking forward to next year's event, especially with the guest being announced as Angelic Pretty! Outfit plans are already being put into place, and hopefully in 2017 I will have a full outfit together with no last minute sewing or borrowed accessories to be seen.